October 28, 2011
Posted by Xaniel777 on October 28, 2011
Police brutality charges sweep across the US
from The Guardian
Posted by the THE INTERCEPT
From Naomi Wolf‘s arrest in New York to shootings in Tucson and Florida, forces face allegations of abuse of power
Officer Michael Daragjati had no idea that the FBI was listening to his phone calls. Otherwise he would probably not have described his arrest and detention of an innocent black New Yorker in the manner he did.
Daragjati boasted to a woman friend that, while on patrol in Staten Island, he had “fried another nigger”. It was “no big deal”, he added. The FBI, which had been investigating another matter, then tried to work out what had happened.
According to court documents released in New York, Daragjati and his partner had randomly stopped and frisked a black man who had become angry and asked for Daragjati’s name and badge number. Daragjati, 32, and with eight years on the force, had no reason to stop the man, and had found nothing illegal. But he arrested him and fabricated an account of him resisting arrest. The man, now referred to in papers only as John Doe because of fears for his safety, spent two nights in jail. He had merely been walking alone through the neighbourhood.
The shocking story has added to a growing sense that there are serious problems of indiscipline and law-breaking in US police forces. Last weekthe feminist author Naomi Wolf was arrested outside an awards ceremony in Manhattan. She had been advising Occupy Wall Street protesters of their rights to continue demonstrating outside the event. Instead, as she joined the protest, she was carted off to jail in her evening gown. That incident is only the most high-profile of many apparently illegal police actions around the protests. One senior officer, deputy inspector Anthony Bologna, created headlines worldwide whenhe pepper-sprayed young women behind a police barricade.
A report from the New York Civil Liberties Union recently looked at police use of Taser stun guns in the state, and revealed that in 60% of incidents where they were used, the incident did not meet the recommended criteria for such a weapon. Some cases involved people already handcuffed and 40% involved “at risk” subjects such as children, the elderly or mentally ill. “This disturbing pattern of misuse and abuse endangers lives,” said the NYCLU’s executive director, Donna Lieberman.
In Los Angeles, officers in the sheriff’s department are accused ofphysically abusing some prison inmates and having sex with others. An internal report, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, revealed allegations that included beating people visiting relatives in jail. In Pittsburgh, there is the case of Jordan Miles, a high-flying high-school student stopped by three plainclothes policemen. Miles, 18 at the time, was walking to his grandmother’s house and had no idea who the men were, as they did not identify themselves. He ran, but the officers caught him and beat him so badly that he ended up in hospital. He is undergoing neurological treatment for memory problems and has had to drop out of college.
Yet it was Miles who was charged with aggravated assault – a case that a judge later threw out. His mother, Terez Miles, said: “We are no strangers to police brutality in the city of Pittsburgh, but what they did was terrible and then they lied about it.”
In Chicago, Jimmel Cannon, 13, was shot eight times by police who claimed that he had a BB gun in his hand. His family said that he had his hands in the air. In Tucson, Arizona, former marine Jose Guerena was killed by a Swat team on a drugs raid. They found nothing illegal, but Guerena was shot 23 times.
The list goes on. Miami is still dealing with the fallout of the fatal shooting of Raymond Herisse. He had been driving a car out of which police claimed gunshots came. However, it took three days before they produced a weapon. They also confiscated and destroyed the phones of people trying to record the incident.
“There is a widespread, continuing pattern of officers ordering people to stop taking photographs or video in public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply,” said Chris Calabrese, of the American Civil Liberties Union. Campaigners say the spread of camera phones is why so many incidents of brutality are appearing.
In another recorded call, Daragjati complained to a friend: “I could throw somebody a beating, they catch me on camera, and I’m fired.” Some activists have taken that to heart. Diop Kamau, a former officer, runs the Florida-based Police Complaint Centre, which investigates allegations of police abuse nationwide. “Police are now facing an onslaught of scrutiny because everyone has a cellphone,” he said.
Kamau said that many police departments still had a culture of secrecy and many officers believed that there was little likelihood of punishment even if caught. “The police fill in the blanks. They say what happened and they will be believed,” he said.
One weakness is that there is no central organisation for the police, and local departments do not release data on complaints or allegations of abuse. “The problem is that there is an absence of research,” said Professor John Liederbach, an expert in American policing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. As the list of complaints and incidents grows, that might be about to change.
7 U.S. Cities on the Verge of Bankruptcy
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The harsh economic climate is changing. The time has come when citizens and companies aren’t the only ones being forced to file for bankruptcy…
Major cities are among the ranks of those in dire straits.
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s capital city Harrisburg opted for the rarely used Chapter 9 of the U.S. bankruptcy code.
The current struggle is between the state and city of Harrisburg over control of the city, whose population of around 50,000 people had been having difficulties paying for critical services for over the past year. On top of that, the city has incurred as much as $458 million in debt and several lawsuits with creditors.
“The city does not have the ability to pay those money judgments or any significant portion thereof and still provide health and safety services to its citizens and other essential government services,” said Mark Schwartz, an attorney hired by the City Council.
According to Schwartz, bankruptcy gives the city “bargaining power” with its creditors, municipal workers, retirees, and the state.
“Municipal bankruptcies are rare. But if Harrisburg is successful in winning concessions with bondholders, pensioners and other stakeholders, it could lead other financially troubled cities to seek bankruptcy.”
As of 1937, only 629 municipal bankruptcies under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code have been filed. Most recent of these is Orange County, California, which filed for bankruptcy back in 1994, and Vallejo, California, following in 2008.
Is your city or town next to fall onto the sword and file for Chapter 9?
The 7 U.S. Cities on the Verge of Bankruptcy
Washington, D.C. washington train City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate Washington, DC 599,657 $322 million $9.6 billion 3.4% $537 11.1%
The District’s deficit was cut in half in 2010 due to tax increases, but Mayor Vincent Gray’s budget plan calls for $127.2 million in tax and fee increases within income, parking, off-premise alcohol, and franchise taxes – in addition to public transportation fare increases, while cutting economic development, public safety, public education, and social services.
Still, Gray’s plan will leave the Washington Metro Area in the red. He says the budget would inflict some pain: “[It’s] a tough budget, I’m not going to represent it as anything else,” he admits. Yet little more than a week after his budget plan was announced, he was arrested for protesting that Congress (which oversees the DC budget and laws) was taking away autonomy granted to the city for the last several years, meaning it will be banned from spending city money on things such as HIV prevention.
Detroit, Michigan detroit City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate Detroit, Michigan 713,777 $155 million $3.11 billion 5% $217 12.9%
Recently cited in a Reuters poll as highest potential candidate for municipal bankruptcy, Detroit mayor Dave Bing has tried to work with the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature – but has struggled. His budget-balancing proposals include a higher tax on Detroit casinos, pension reforms, the suspension of state drive licenses for three unpaid Detroit parking tickets, and continuing to collect income and utility taxes. With the city’s dropping population comes less money generated from taxes, sinking the Motor City in even deeper debt.
Honolulu, Hawaii honolulu City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate Honolulu, Hawaii 905,034 $100 million $1.93 billion 5.1% $110 5.2%
Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle was investigated by the local Honolulu Civil Beat which went on to reveal the Mayor had budgeted more than $43 million to fund 1,095 unfilled jobs for 2012. Carlisle’s first budget plan set out to tackle long-term debt; he said he would raise taxes and fees while asking unionized city workers for 5% pay cuts.
New York City, New York nyc time square City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate New York City, NY 8.1 million $4.58 billion $65.7 billion 7% $565 8.7%
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already begun to address the FY2012 deficit by calling for layoffs in all city agencies, closing 20 fire departments during night hours, and reducing services for seniors, libraries, and cultural centers. Bloomberg dismissed around 6,000 of the city’s 75,000 teachers in June before the state passed its $66 billion budget with note to no more teacher layoffs. The New York City Mayor’s office has predicted the city’s budget gap could rise to $4.4 billion.
Chicago, Illinois chicago City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate Chicago, Illinois 2.7 million $636 million $8.2 billion 7.7% $2353 10.2%
Chicago’s former mayor Richard Daley destroyed the Windy City’s finances by using up nearly the entire revenue from a long-term lease of the local parking system and airport. The lease was supposed to last until 2018, but only made it to 2010. Chicago hopes to build a city-owned casino to raise revenue. Meanwhile, newly-elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first budget proposal was unveiled and focuses on large cuts. His new plan consolidates police and fire headquarters, reduces library hours, and takes out 2,000 vacant jobs – some of them police – out of the budget. Emanuel’s plans include the layoffs of more than 500 people.
Cincinnati, Ohio cincinnati City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate Cincinnati, Ohio 331,285 $60 million $1.2 billion 20% $181 8.7%
The City of Cincinnati has been keeping much of its fiscal policies quiet, only briefly announcing budget cuts and layoff plans for the past two years. Many believe the city’s limited announcements are in preparation to file for bankruptcy… Mayor Mark Mallory has been holding off discussion of the proposal set forth that the city will not lay off police officers in 2011 or 2012. Mallory is using his “campaign season” as an excuse to avoid addressing his plan to lay off police officers in the next two years while outsource the force to the neighboring city of Hamilton and dismantling the Office of Environmental Quality.
Camden, New Jersey camden City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate Camden, New Jersey 517,234 $28 million $138 million 20.2% $54 11.1%
Newly-elected Mayor of Camden, Dana Redd, came into power and began ruling with a strong fist, but she still has a long way to go to dig the nation’s most dangerous city out of deficit… In her 2011 budget proposal, Redd called for departmental budget cuts of 24%, a $4 million reduction in operating costs, a freeze on all non-essential spending, $7.5 million in cost reductions to the Fire Department, and worst of all, a $14 million reduction to the Camden Police Department – which in turn, cut the entire force in half.
Bonus list: Practically every major city in California: San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles
San Diego san diego City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate San Diego 3 million $56.7 million $2.8 billion 2% $19 10.2%
Despite cuts within the public and higher education sectors and fire engine cutbacks, San Diego is still in a deep hole. The fire stations had thousands of blackouts as the cuts rotated throughout different stations to save $11.5 million the current fiscal year. Weekly recreation center hours will be reduced to 20 hours, and the equivalent of 77 full-time positions were cut, saving $6.5 million. The city proposed 6% pay cuts for employees and has cut out 120 full-time positions.
San Jose san jose City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate San Jose 894,943 $115 million $2.5 billion 4.6% $128 10%
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said it best, “Whether or not we declare an emergency, we’re in an emergency. We just laid off police officers. Last year, we laid off firefighters. We’ve closed libraries, community centers. We are in an emergency and we need to take action.” Reed also looks to close the deficit by reducing services and controlling the cost of retirement.
San Francisco san francisco City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate San Francisco 808,976 $380 million ($480mil for ’12-’13, $642mil for ’13-’14) $6.8 billion 5.5% $470 9.7%
Mayor Edwin Lee presented his $6.8 billion budget proposal aiming to close the $380 million shortfall caused by growth in employee benefit costs and loss of revenues from state and federal government. The city will cut San Francisco’s deficit by forgoing scheduled pay increases for city employees – saving $20.2 million – and enacted a hiring freeze.
Los Angeles LA hollywood City Population: Deficit through 2012: Budget in Fiscal year 2012: Annual Budget Shortfall: Deficit per Capita: 2011 Unemployment Rate Los Angeles 9.8 million $457 million $6.9 billion 6.6% $46 13.3%
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa closed a $336 million shortfall with large cuts to the police and fire departments while also cutting $19 million from Recreation and Parks Department. Also, Los Angeles’ homelessness programs reduced funding by 10%, and permanent cuts to city spending have been made while reducing funds for public safety, library operations, and street preservation and maintenance.
*Combining all these four California cities, you get a deficit of $1.01 billion, a budget of $19 billion, and an annual budget shortfall of 5.3%. The unemployment rate of the four cities totals 10.8% or 1.572 million unemployed.
In June, Governor of California Jerry Brown signed the most austere fiscal package in decades. The package contains $15 billion dollars in cuts including:
$5 billion in health and human services
$1.3 billion in higher education
$1 billion in corrections
$350 million in the state’s court system
$700 million in state employment compensation and governmental efficiencies
$400 million in California Community Colleges
The budget also has a clause for $2.5 billion in triggered cuts, meaning if anticipated revenue doesn’t equate, there will be additional mid-year reductions in public education, public safety, higher education, and health and human services.
If it seems like a handful of California cities are in a financial bind… the entire Golden State is actually teetering on the edge of bankruptcy… as are many other of the major cities in the United States. +16
10 Mind Blowing Facts Which Show How Members Of Congress And Federal Employees Are Living The High Life At Our Expense
If you were asked to guess, what area of the United States would you say has the highest average income? New York City? Los Angeles? Silicon Valley? Well, would you believe that it is actually the Washington D.C. area? Median household income in the region is $84,523, which is the highest in the nation. One of the biggest reasons for this are the huge salaries being pulled down by federal employees in the Washington D.C. area. According to the latest numbers, the average federal employee in the D.C. area brings in total compensation worth more than $126,000 a year. Of course members of Congress are even doing far better than that. Most of the members of Congress are millionaires, and somehow the vast majority of our politicians leave Washington D.C. far wealthier than when they arrived. So if you want to live the high life, you might want to move to the Washington D.C. area. Our “representatives” in Congress and the bureaucrats that work for the federal government are swimming in cash, and it is all at our expense.
Before you read the following facts, keep in mind that median household income in the United States has declined for three years in a row. While the bureaucrats in D.C. are living the high life, most of the rest of us are going through some really hard times.
Today, median household income in the United States is about $50,000 a year, and in most families both parents have to work or the bills will not get paid.
So it just does not seem right that the “average” federal worker in the Washington D.C. area is hauling down more than $126,000 a year in total compensation.
After all, are they not supposed to be “public servants”?
Instead, it feels like we are serving them. They get to drive around in their shiny new cars and they get to enjoy their shiny new McMansions in the D.C. suburbs while the rest of us pay for it.
Trust me, I have seen the beautiful suburbs in Maryland and in northern Virginia that seem to go on forever, and it is the U.S. taxpayers that are footing the bill. Spending by the federal government accounts for approximately one third of the GDP of the entire region.
According to the Washington Post, the Washington D.C. area has become a great place for those that enjoy “living the dream”….
Washingtonians now enjoy the highest median household income of any metropolitan area in the country, and five of the top 10 jurisdictions in America — Loudoun, Howard and Fairfax counties, and Falls Church and Fairfax City — are here, census data shows.
The signs of that wealth are on display all over, from the string of luxury boutiques such as Gucci and Tory Burch opening at Tysons Galleria to the $15 cocktails served over artisanal ice at the W Hotel in the District to the ever-larger houses rising off River Road in Potomac.
All of this wealth did not get created because the D.C. area is a great center for industry or finance.
Rather, all of these people are becoming very wealthy because of our big, fat bloated federal government.
The following are 10 mind blowing facts which show how members of Congress and federal employees are living the high life at our expense….
#1 When you total up all compensation (including health care and benefits), the average income for a federal worker in the Washington D.C. area last year was$126,369.
#2 In 2005, 7420 federal workers were making $150,000 or more per year. In 2010, a whopping 82,034 federal workers were making $150,000 or more per year. That is more than a tenfold increase in just five years.
#3 In 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense had just nine civilians earning $170,000 or more. When Barack Obama took office, the U.S. Department of Defense had 214 civilians earning $170,000 or more. In June 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense had 994 civilians earning $170,000 or more.
#4 Last year, federal employees “earned” approximately 447 billion dollars in total compensation.
#5 According to a study by the Heritage Foundation, federal workers earn 30 to 40 percent more money on average than their counterparts in the private sector.
#6 Today, one out of every 12 people living in Washington D.C. is a lawyer. In New York City, only one out of every 123 residents is a lawyer.
#7 More than 50 percent of the members of the U.S. Congress are millionaires.
#8 The median wealth of a U.S. Senator in 2009 was 2.38 million dollars.
#9 Insider trading is perfectly legal for members of the U.S. Congress – and they refuse to pass a law that would change that.
#10 The percentage of millionaires in Congress is more than 50 times higherthan the percentage of millionaires in the general population.
Meanwhile, most of the rest of America has been going through economic hell….
-The standard of living in the United States has fallen farther over the past three years than at any other time that has ever been recorded in U.S. history.
-According to the Federal Reserve, the combined net worth of American families has fallen by $5.5 trillion since 2007.
-Half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.
-According to Paul Osterman, a professor of economics at MIT, approximately 20 percent of all employed Americans are making $10.65 an hour or less.
While the average American family is deeply struggling to pay the mortgage and put food on the table, the bureaucrats in Washington D.C. are busy shopping for the latest cell phones and trying to figure out what brand of new car to buy next year.
Over the past couple of decades, the federal government has absolutely exploded in size, but this has not helped the poor. We now have more poor people in this country than ever before and over 2 million additional Americans slipped into poverty last year.
No, the reality is that the people that have reaped the rewards of a much larger federal government are the lawyers, the lobbyists and the bureaucrats.
This is the kind of thing that the American people should be protesting. Almost everybody in Congress is rich. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are living the high life. The lawyers, the lobbyists and the bureaucrats are having a field day.
Meanwhile, most of the rest of the country is deeply suffering.
It just doesn’t seem right, does it?
Veterans and Police Officers Support “Occupy Wall Street” Protesters
Veterans and Police Officers Launch New Groups to Support “Occupy Wall Street” Protesters
That act of courage and honor has inspired a new group called OccupyMARINES.
OccupyMARINES claims to be lining up veterans from all over the country to support the protesters.
Another new group – Occupy Police – uses the mottos:
Police in Support of the 99%
We are the 99% Protecting 100%”
An October 21st posting at OccupyPolice.org states:
We are in open Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and all Occupy movements across the nation. We’re starting off Day 1 with a mass e-mail to all police departments throughout the US. We want them to know that they ARE part of the 99% and to get involved with the movement. We openly support positive communication between Police/People and we encourage you to do the same.”
By way of background, there were unconfirmed reports last month that 100 New York Police officers boycotted in solidarity with the Wall Street protesters.
And Raw Story reports today in a story entitled, “New York cops defy order to arrest hundreds of ‘Occupy Albany’ protesters”:
Occupy Albany protesters in New York’s capital city received an unexpected ally over the week: The state and local authorities.
According to the Albany Times Union, New York state troopers and Albany police did not adhere to a curfew crackdown on protesters urged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Albany mayor Gerald Jennings.
Mass arrests seemed to be in the cards once Jennings directed officers to enforce the curfew on roughly 700 protesters occupying the city owned park. But as state police joined the local cops, moved past the property line dividing city and state land.
With protesters acting peacefully, local and state police agreed that low level arrests could cause a riot, so they decided instead to defy Cuomo and Jennings.
“We don’t have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble,” a state official said. “The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor.”
Fateh official: Israeli threats to assassinate Abbas are serious
First Posted October 26, 2011
Faisal Abu Shahala, a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fatah, issued an appeal on Wednesday to the international community to end what he termed Israeli terrorism. He described recent Israeli threats to assassinate the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, as very serious, adding that such threats are a form of terrorism against the Palestinian people, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an, reported on Wednesday.
Abu Shahala asserted that the statements of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (of the Yisrael Beiteinu far-right fundamentalist party) are not a ‘tongue slip’ as claimed by other officials, but are indicative of the current Israeli administration’s policies and practices, reflecting Israeli thinking based on terrorism and assassinations.
Abu Shahala pointed out that past Israeli threats to assassinate Palestinian leaders were in fact implemented, and the late Palestinian president, Yasser ‘Arafat was one of them [although Arafat died in France of illness, many Palestinians believe that he was in fact poisoned, although this has never been proven]. He warned the Palestinian leadership to beware of this danger.
He added that the threats to get rid of Abu Mazen were expected, especially after Abbas’ speech in front of the General assembly of the United Nation and his insistence on pushing for Palestinian statehood in spite of Israeli and US threats.
Abu Shahala also criticized the silence of the international community towards Lieberman’s threats, and called on all the world’s countries to punish Israel as it continues what Abu Shahala calls ongoing violations and terrorism against the Palestinians and their leaders.
General Strike: November 28, 2011!
October 26, 2011 by legitgov
The only thing we have left is our labor. This is what we must withhold. General Strike: November 28, 2011!
The debt “super committee” makes its budget recommendations on Wednesday, November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving.
We know that the recommendations will include deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.
We know that the Republicans in the Senate and House will overwhelmingly approve of the austerity package that is sure to come from the super committee’s recommendations.
We also know that the Democrats will by and large fold and accept the austerity package.
We know that Obama will approve of the budget recommendations. (Otherwise, he would have invoked the 14th Amendment and lifted the debt ceiling.)
Likewise, we know that as of November 23rd, ironically the day before Thanksgiving, the austerity package will be forthcoming and that the vast majority will now pay an additional price for the criminality of the corporate, military and financial oligarchy.
The vast majority will not have the corporate, military and financial oligarchy to thank on Thanksgiving.
Instead, the vast majority is being attacked by the corporate, military and financial oligarchy and its representatives in the White House and both houses of Congress. We are being forced to pay for the failures of the capitalist class and the precariousness of the profit system.
We are no longer represented by the U.S. government. Instead, the government is an instrument of the capitalist class and this class has nothing but its own interests at heart. This class will continue to force its will upon us. The two political parties are simply two levers by which this capitalist class controls the political processes in the U.S.
The only thing we have left is our consent to work. The only thing we have left is our labor. This is what we must withhold.
Likewise, Citizens for Legitimate Government is calling for a General Strike to begin at 7 AM EST on Monday, November 28th, 2011!*
Extend your Thanksgiving weekend by refusing the austerity measures to be imposed on the vast majority by the corporate, military and financial oligarchy!
General Strike, Monday, November 28, 2011!
URL for this page: http://www.legitgov.org/General-Strike-November-28-2011
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Contribute to this action by clicking here.
*Note, the CLG encourages ALL workers in the U.S. (and abroad) to join the strike. This is a unified strike of the entire workforce.
Posted by poorrichard on Poor Richard’s Blog
by Robert Johnson and Linette Lopez | Oct. 27, 2011, 4:55 AM | 258,445 | 301
Marines around the world are outraged by the injuries inflicted by police on Scott Olsen at Tuesday’s Occupy Oakland protests.
Olsen is in a medically-induced coma after getting hit in the head by a police projectile.
The following picture is taken from the Reddit thread “How I feel, as a United States Marine, about what occurred in Oakland.”
This man is not alone. In the five hours since the thread went up there have been over 600 comments.
Here’s an email from the man in the picture.
Dear Mr. Johnson,
My name is Jay C Gentile, and I’m the man in the picture on BI’s front page. I’m sure you’re a busy man so I’ll try to keep my words to a minimum. I was wondering if you, as a journalist, and with the resources at your disposal, could tell me a reliable place where I can find updates about Scott Olsen’s condition. “Occupy Wallstreet” movement aside, Marines share a bond that escapes the boundaries of the English language. I’d like to be able to “check up” on this young man, my brother, and keep up with his condition.
Thank you very much,
-Jay C. Gentile
From what I understand Scott has been upgraded to Fair condition.
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